Creative Small Business Ideas

Etsy Shops

It used to be the case that in order to sell anything handmade, you would have to wait until your local church’s Christmas Bazaar, and try to make a respectable profit in that one weekend.  As you can imagine, there was not a heck of a lot of room for growth in doing these local craft shows.  Along came Etsy, and suddenly, crafters, and creative types of every stripe had a dedicated outlet for their handmade goods, and it caught on like wildfire.

I happen to have a friend who is running an extremely successful baking business on Etsy.  She came up with the unique idea of offering cupcakes in mason jars (not just a cute idea, but also very handy for shipping purposes!), and her business has taken off.  Another friend of mine came up with the idea of herb infused sea salts for cooking, and she even had one of her products featured on the Huffington Post.  While each job requires these ladies to spend an awful lot of time in their kitchens, they love what they do.  They have made products they are proud of, they are completely in control of quality and consistency, and as a result, they have grown from side projects to legitimate second incomes for their families.


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Self Publishing

Ready to get publishedA decade ago, those wishing to have their writing published had to play a very specific game. It involved pitching their book over and over again, mailing heavy manuscripts, making cold calls to book companies, and a whole lot of waiting in between it all. Ask any author to tell you about their most stinging rejection letter, and you may be amazed by what you hear. While publishers have a duty to their readership to provide them with certain types of content, that does not mean there is nobody out there who would like to read your book.

Crazy Woman Drinking Wine

Thanks to the popularity of e-readers, and online formats, self publishing is easier than ever, even for the beginner. While it’s true that not every book will be a best seller, wouldn’t it be worth it to you if you could sell 500 copies? 1000 copies? These smaller publishing runs are attractive because the profits go directly to you (not a company), and as an extra bonus you can set your own deadlines. As a writer, believe me when I say that’s a wonderful luxury!

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